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Differentiating Generic versus Branded Pharmaceutical Tablets Using Ultra-High-Resolution Optical Coherence Tomography

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Department of Electrical Engineering and Electronics, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 3GJ, UK
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Department of Eye and Vision Science, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L7 8TX, UK
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Department of Engineering, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YW, UK
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Coatings 2019, 9(5), 326; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings9050326
Received: 7 April 2019 / Revised: 14 May 2019 / Accepted: 15 May 2019 / Published: 17 May 2019
Optical coherence tomography (OCT) has recently been demonstrated as a powerful tool to image through pharmaceutical film coatings. Majority of the existing systems can, however, resolve film coatings for thickness greater than 10 µm. Here we report on an ultra-high-resolution (UHR) OCT system, with 1 µm axial and 1.6 µm lateral resolutions, which can resolve thin coatings at approximately 4 µm. We further demonstrate a novel application of the system for differentiating generic and branded suppliers of paracetamol tablets. View Full-Text
Keywords: pharmaceutical film coating; thin coating; 500-mg paracetamol tablet; GSK Panadol; generic paracetamol; optical coherence tomography; image segmentation; differentiation pharmaceutical film coating; thin coating; 500-mg paracetamol tablet; GSK Panadol; generic paracetamol; optical coherence tomography; image segmentation; differentiation
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Zhang, Z.; Williams, B.; Zheng, Y.; Lin, H.; Shen, Y. Differentiating Generic versus Branded Pharmaceutical Tablets Using Ultra-High-Resolution Optical Coherence Tomography. Coatings 2019, 9, 326. https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings9050326

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Zhang Z, Williams B, Zheng Y, Lin H, Shen Y. Differentiating Generic versus Branded Pharmaceutical Tablets Using Ultra-High-Resolution Optical Coherence Tomography. Coatings. 2019; 9(5):326. https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings9050326

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Zhang, Zijian, Bryan Williams, Yalin Zheng, Hungyen Lin, and Yaochun Shen. 2019. "Differentiating Generic versus Branded Pharmaceutical Tablets Using Ultra-High-Resolution Optical Coherence Tomography" Coatings 9, no. 5: 326. https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings9050326

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